Sympathetic chain blocks
This treatment is an option for patients who are diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome or specific types of cancer-related pain. This procedure targets the sympathetic nervous system, which is a system of nerves that controls many bodily functions and contributes to pain for some patients. By placing local anesthetic (numbing medication) and steroid medication near these nerves through a needle, many patients receive significant pain relief.
Specific sympathetic chain blocks commonly performed:
- Celiac plexus block
- Ganglion impar block
- Lumbar sympathetic block
- Sphenopalatine ganglion block
- Stellate ganglion block
- Superior hypogastric block
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